Following the success of last year’s Hallow’s Eve Paper Theatre Kit, Gateway Theatre is offering Chinese Chinese Shadow Puppetry Workshops.
Hosted on Zoom by Annie Katsura Rollins—whose own “shadow puppet hunt” took the artist deep into tiny villages where the tradition survived both the Cultural Revolution and the realities of modern China—Gateway’s Chinese Shadow Puppetry Workshops offer a hands-on adventure into a 2000-year-old art form.
Gateway Theatre Chinese Shadow Puppetry Workshops
When: Monday, February 15, 2021 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Registration: Register now for $5. Offered in English with a focus on children and families.
When: Sunday, February 21, 2021 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Venue: Online via Zoom
Registration: Register now for $5. Offered in English with translation in Mandarin.
With its origins in the Han Dynasty, shadow puppetry remains one of the most enchanting if precarious forms of Chinese folk art— and Gateway Theatre is proud to be part of the movement to preserve this unique art form through their Chinese Shadow Puppetry Workshops.
In this workshop, families will enjoy the rare opportunity to learn about the fascinating history of Chinese shadow puppetry and how these puppets are made through interactive photos and videos. Annie will then take participants step-by-step in creating their own shadow puppets to bring their shadows to life.
This two-part series kicks off with a Family Session geared towards kids aged 8-12 (February 15) while a Community Session includes a Mandarin interpreter for anyone eager to revisit a unique corner of their own cultural history (February 21).
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